14 in 2014!

Last year, instead of the classic type of New Years resolutions, I wrote a list of goals to keep in mind and to strive for in my phone. It acted as a sort of reminder of the kind of woman I wanted to be and the kind of things I wanted to accomplish in 2013.

That list consisted of:

  • Grace
  • Patience
  • Persistence

And the tangible:

  • Graduate from college
  • Find a job
  • Find a place to live with reasonable rent and a decent neighborhood
  • Feel good in my body

I’m happy to say that I accomplished most of what I set out to do this year. I will continue to strive for grace, patience and persistence. However, I feel like I’ve taken on my struggles this year with a bit of all three. They say there are years that ask questions, and years that answer. 2012 was a year of questions, 2013 was definitely a year that answered.

I transitioned from college student to college graduate (woo!), I found not just 1, but TWO jobs that I have absolutely loved. Even though I had to leave my teaching job, I learned so much in that time and I wouldn’t change those few months for anything. Plus, I am so happy in my new job! I feel truly lucky to have this experience.

As far as an apartment goes, I had one over the summer of course, but since moving to Atlanta I’ve been staying with a friend. This goal didn’t go quite as planned, but I am working on it currently and should have my own place by mid-February! Exciting!

Feeling good in my body. Well, this is a whole different post for a different day. But I’m working on it and learning to accept my body just the way that it is and cherish it for all the things it can do.

Going into 2014, I want to continue to keep my goals of grace, patience, and persistence. I feel that they are still pertinent to the year to come. I also want to add 14 more tangible things that I am hoping to accomplish this year.

-Adopt a pet
-Attempt a craft off Pinterest
-Put as much money into savings as possible
-Establish a killer work wardrobe
-Be conversational in French
-Compliment someone every day
-BUDGET
-Floss more often
-Be more creative
-Learn to cook at least 5 meals
-Get my own apartment
-Visit 5 New (Interesting) Places
-Keep up with my blog
-Call mom and dad at least once a week

With these goals in mind as we head into this new year, I am excited to see what life brings me. Last year was a year of transitions, and I’m hoping that this year will bring a new type of stability. I am in a new city with a new job and my new college degree, and I’m ready to just “be” for a while and let life come to me. This means doing the best work I can and preparing for grad school the best that I can and being the best person that I can.

Bring it, 2014.

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